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CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Green

CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Green

Product Review (submitted on November 26, 2016):
Ever since the last of my IBM Model M keyboards died couple of years ago I have been looking for a decent replacement. During the last 65 years I have typed on just about everything except a Linotype machine. A good keyboard definitely makes a difference.

For two years I have been buying and trying mechanical keyboards. Some are nice - some nicer than others. After 2 years my favorite was a Ducky Shine 3 with Cherry Blue switches. Then I found a good deal on the WASD Code with Cherry Green switches and as soon s I tried it out, I put the Ducky away.

The Code feels solid, it feels real. I type faster on it, and more accurately. I don't know why but I have been encountering errors with the other keyboards, including the Ducky. For instance, most of the time when I tried to type "your" it came out "yhour" instead, and I had to backspace and correct it.

I haven't done that one on this Code keyboard.

I never had a typing lesson. When I was about 10 years old my mother showed me which finger went on which key, and after that I was on my own. The only other advice I got was when a young woman told me that if I would keep my fingers closer to the keys, I won't get them stuck between the keys so often. I was backing off so I could get some momentum on the old Smith Corona and Underwood and Remington manual typewriters. She was right.

The best typewriter I ever used was the IBM Electronic 50. I still can't believe I bought one in 1979 for $1,485 - on a salary of $125 a week. It was worth it. A couple of years later, while the company I worked for was interviewing people for a secretarial position, I asked the girls in the office to check my speed. They clocked me at 93 words per minute, on my Electronic 50. That was faster than most of the applicants.

A couple of years later I sold the Electronic 50 and used the money for a down payment on an IBM Displaywriter dedicated word processor. It had a great big wonderful keyboard, and it was very fast. That machine cost me $7,500 - and it was worth it.

Soon after that IBM released the PC, with a terrible keyboard. Later when they came out with the PS2 they had another excellent keyboard. I bought all of the IBM Model M keyboards that i could find at the local flea markets, and wore them out. I'm glad I did, because that led me to the Code.

As you can see, I have had some experience with keyboards. I cannot imagine ever typing again on a keyboard that is not illuminated. Yes, I know where all the keys are, but sometimes my fingers aren't in position and I just need to type one letter or symbol, so I look to see where the key is and tap it with my index finger.

I've tried color LED's on keyboards, and I like white the best. I always set the lighting to the highest setting - on other keyboards. On the code, just 1 step up from the lowest setting is perfect for me. I love it!

This Code keyboard feels like a professional instrument. It is virtually error free - no strange letters appear on the screen. When I was using manual typewriters, I got used to listening as I typed, and this often let me know if I missed a letter, even if I didn't see it. Then I would correct it. Without the audible feedback some errors slip by.

I am working on 2 new books right now, so I am giving the keyboard a good workout. I never imagined I'd be writing more books at age 76, but a publisher approached me and offered a lot of money. Actually, I am not a 76 year old man - I am a man... in a 76 year old body. But that's another story.

Now there is just one more thing I want to try: A WASD Code Keyboard with Clear switches. When I find a good deal on one, I will buy it and will find out for myself if it is as good as the reviews make it sound.

Meanwhile I guess I better start selling these other keyboards I have accumulated, because the Code has spoiled me, and I'm not giving it up.

Ed Bernd Jr.